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Does the full moon really affect people's behavior?
Answered by Science Channel
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  1. In popular culture there has long been a connection between the full moon and insanity, along with more mundane phenomena. The myth of the moon having a strong influence on people's behavior has been repeated so often that some people regard it as true. A curious modern theory is that the gravity of the moon affects us in the same way that it affects the oceans and the tides. On the one hand, this would make sense because our bodies have so much water in them. Scientific studies have not shown any positive correlation, however, between the full moon and human behavior or health. For example, a study at the University of South Florida looked at the number of seizures experienced by people with epilepsy during full moon phases but failed to show a lunar connection.

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